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February 1956

Diseases of the Pancreas: Surgical Aspects

Author Affiliations

From the Surgical Service, Veterans Administration Medical Teaching Group Hospital.

AMA Arch Surg. 1956;72(2):210-217. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1956.01270200026006

One cannot cover an all-inclusive viewing of the possibilities of surgery for pancreatic conditions in a presentation of this nature. No doubt many of the points will be brought out in the panel discussion. This short discourse will attempt to name the important well-known facts about pancreatic surgical conditions and to mention those aspects which are presently being tossed about in a spirit of controversy.

One of the least known of the many advances in surgery during the past two decades is the progress in surgery of the pancreas. Twenty-five years ago very little was accomplished for the benefit of the patient who had some of the conditions mentioned below. The triumphs are muted only by the rarity of the conditions and the more glamorous management in the important cardiovascular surgical improvements. Nevertheless, these patients represent a sizable group of invalids who cannot now properly continue to suffer the neglect

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